The Malaysian armed forces now come under the command of British-trained General Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bin Bidin, aged 51.
The Malaysian armed forces now come under the command of British-trained General Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bin Bidin, aged 51. He succeeds General Tengku Osman Jews as Malaysia's Chief of the Armed Forces Staff, who retired yesterday (Monday) after 27 years of military service.
In his first order of the day to the armed forces in Kuala Lumpur today (Tuesday), Gen. Bidin called for greater self-reliance by the three units.
"You have proved yourself well, worthy of the trust the nation has placed upon you", he said in reference to the forces spell with "our all??? during an external threat of confrontation by Indonesia.
The General joined the Malay Regiment in 1939. He saw action against the Japanese in Singapore in World War two. In 1946, he attended the Victory parade in London and was commissioned the same year.
During the Malayan emergency, he took part in various anti-communist operations.
Gen. Hamid, attended a staff college course at Camberly and a senior officers' course at Wiltshire, both in England, and was Aide-De-Ca??? to the British High Commissioner to Malaya from 1950 to 1951. In 1960, he was promoted to full Colonel and a year later, was made a Brigadier and took command of the 1st Federation Infantry Brigade and later the 3rd Federation Infantry Brigade. In April that year, he was sent to the Congo to serve with the Malayan Special Force there under the flag of the United Nations..In January 1964, he was promoted to Major General and was appointed Chief of the General Staff. Six months later, he was promoted to Lieutenant General.